Updated: 12:54 a.m., Bobcats slip past Springfield, 29-28 (9-27-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacob Beverly Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 27 September 2013 23:26
Bowling Green scored with 32 seconds left in the game and added a 2-point conversion to edge Springfield, 29-28.
“It was everyone, you have to have 11 guys playing hard. Because they were coming after us, and Ricky Riggs did an outstanding job,” said BG head coach Scott Seeliger. “He ran with the ball well, made a couple key passes and that’s the first time he’s really kind of come out and really made something happen. It was a great drive for Riggs.”
The touchdown was a 5-yard fade pass from Riggs to Ryan Emans. Then, a fake point-after kick attempt by Andy Fisher, who swept to the right around four Springfield defenders to the end zone, put the Bobcats up one.
“It was just one of those games. We wanted to be aggressive. We had been aggressive the whole game. We faked the onside kick, it didn’t work. Once we were going to try and run another fake punt and it didn’t work,” Seeliger said. “But we just said we are going to be aggressive, and we practice that play and the kids are good at it. Again, we had a lot of confidence in Andy Fisher and he made a great play.”
Springfield got one last chance, but was unable to get in scoring position.
BG moved to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Northern Lakes League. Springfield fell to 2-3, 0-2.
Offensively, BG was not very effective, gaining only 198 total yards.
“In the first half, we were going three-and-out and you never really get to get anything going, you never establish anything and its really frustrating. And that just stifles you,” Seeliger said. “You don’t know what to call because you never get the chance to get anything in rhythm.”
It was the defense which kept the Bobcats in the game.
The Bobcat sacked Springfield quarterback Scott Seymour six times. And one of the sacks resulted in a fumble recovery by BG’s Alex Gutierrez in the end zone for a touchdown.
“Manny Carillo had a great game, he just kept going. We challenged him to play every play, and he did it. Now, you can’t do it with one guy because he can run away from one guy,” Seeliger said. “But everyone else was doing their job, and they were keeping in their lanes. They didn’t give the quarterback and out and on top of that, there was a couple times the quarterback had time but couldn’t find a receiver and our defense played him great.”
BG got the first touchdown of the night on a fake punt. Fisher ran 73 yards down the sideline to put the Bobcats up 7-0 in the first.
“That got us in the game and gave us a score, and that helped us keeping it close all the time, so it was a real big play,” Seeliger said. “Andy Fisher is a great athlete and he’s a play-maker and that’s what he did right there.
“That’s what was feeling good. Because of that touchdown, we felt we were in the game,” Seeliger added. “That kept us excited, that kept kids pushing, and kept them believing. And they never gave up.”
That was the only lead for the Bobcats until Fisher’s 2-point conversion run.
Springfield scored two touchdowns to end the first half, both of them rushes by Elijah Todd, putting them up 14-7.
Springfield scored again in the third quarter, another rush by Todd, making it 21-7.
Todd, last year’s NLL leading rusher, led the Springfield rushing attack with 122 yards.
“He’s a great player but what we did was we just wanted our guys to gang tackle, so if we are going to miss him, there is somebody else there,” Seeliger said. “And we always made him have to run another yard and take another snap.”
Finally, Riggs was able to find Emans for a 49-yard touchdown pass, making it 21-14.
Springfield then got another rushing touchdown, this time by Aren Harris, to push its lead to 28-14.
Gutierrez’s fumble recovery brought the Bobcats to within 28-21.
BG’s defense held Springfield to a three-and-out with 3:05 left in the game, to give the offense a chance to score.
“They kept battling, we said at halftime we can’t get it going on offense, but you just have to keep fighting. The defense has got to play hard, we have to keep us in the game and it was just a matter of keep fighting and keep picking away,” Seeliger said. “The defense gave us more opportunities and field position and then finally a couple things clicked, and we got things going our way.”
BG travels to Anthony Wayne next Friday.

SPRINGFIELD    0    14    14    0    —28
BGHS    7    0    7    15    —29
B— Fisher, 73 run (Fisher kick)
S— Todd, 1 run (Chamberlain kick)
S— Todd, 2 run (Chamberlain kick)
S— Todd, 20 run (Chamberlain kick)
B— Emans, 49 pass from Riggs (Fisher kick)
S— Harris, 10 run (Chamberlain kick)
B— Gutierrez, fumble recovery in end zone (Fisher kick)
B— Emans, 5 pass from Riggs (Fisher run)
Category    S    BG
First downs    17    6
By rushing    7    1
By passing    9    1
By penalty    1    4
Total net yards    393    198
Rushing    160    115
Passing    233    83    
Attempts    25    17
Completions    14    9
Interceptions    0    1
Punts/average    6/28    5/31
Penalties/yards    14/123    7/54
Fumbles/lost    0/0    1/0
RUSHING: (S) Todd, 20-122; Seymour, 12-24; Harris, 2-11; Fuller, 2-3. (BG) Riggs, 11-31; Kneesi, 7-13; Espen, 1-2; Fisher, 1-73; Gutierrez, 1-(minus 1); Donaldson, 1-(minus 3).
PASSING: (S) Seymour, 14-25-0—233. (BG) Riggs, 8-16-1—74; Donaldson, 1-1-0—9.
RECEIVING: (S) Bronaugh, 6-87; Stuart, 3-68; Parker, 3-53; Ridley, 1-16; Todd, 1-9. (BG) Emans, 5-60; Powers, 2-13; Carsey, 1-9; Wisecup, 1-1.
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 September 2013 13:47

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